Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 2/11/16.
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LeSean McCoy: I Made a Mistake - PhillyInfluencer
Is LeSean McCoy getting ready to turn himself in? We mentioned yesterday how McCoy has already hired a defense attorney Jack McMahon stemming from the incident he was involved in at Recess this past weekend. McMahon is on record as saying McCoy would turn himself in if he was charged. McCoy was spotted today at Misconduct Tavern on JFK Blvd with a posse of seven, and PhillyInfluencer.com was there. Shady said he made a mistake in his first public comments since the brawl from Saturday night.
The Eagles should consider 'punting' on free agency - PhillyVoice
A few weeks ago, we stated that the Eagles should slap the franchise tag on Bradford, and then try to trade him. That is one of many options the Eagles have with Bradford this offseason, but it is obviously one that is out of their control, as they need some level of cooperation from Bradford's camp as well as any potential team trading for him. If the Eagles are ready to move on from Bradford as one might glean from Schefter's reporting, the Eagles undoubtedly researched the "tag-and-trade" option. If they determined that it was unfeasible, the next best way to recoup any kind of value for him would be to gain a compensatory pick in return.
New McCoy Updates - Crossing Broad
According to a source, the decision is in the hands of the DA’s office now, and it’s clear that they are still working through building a case. Charges against McCoy are almost assuredly coming, but the source said they would be shocked if anything happens before Monday. They noted that things seem to be dragging along at a slower than usual pace and that, had it been a normal person as the target of the investigation, they likely would’ve been arrested by now. One reason may be that Curtis Brinkley (one of McCoy’s associates allegedly involved in the fight), through his lawyer, may have denied being present at the time of the fight, according to the source.
Adam Schefter: Fletcher Cox Isn’t Going Anywhere - Birds 24/7
And Schwartz is a big fan of having versatile, "all-dimensional" players on his defense for when they throw a few curveballs at the offense. "We’re going to throw a lot of fastballs, but every once in a while we might throw a curveball, and those guys [like Curry, Graham, and Connor Barwin] you can drop into coverage, you can do a lot of different things with those guys. "We might even have a five-down package where we put our five best pass rushers on the field, and only four of them are coming. We want to be a fastball team. We want to bust you on the knuckles with that 100 mile an hour fastball, but every once in a while, we’ll get a curveball in there."
Are the Eagles the new Cleveland Browns? - NJ.com
Last offseason, after acquiring quarterback Sam Bradford, multiple reports indicated the Eagles tried to flip him to the Cleveland Browns, but Bradford wouldn't go. At the time, it was hard to blame Bradford. The Browns were in many ways the laughing stock of the NFL, having not made the playoffs since 2002, and not winning a playoff game since 1994. Now, one year later, it looks like Bradford might give the Eagles the same treatment he did the Browns, as multiple reports have indicated is isn't exactly itching to return for a second season in Philadelphia -- despite what he might have told new head coach Doug Pederson.
News, Notes And The Latest On Eagles - PE.com
Eagles fans are in a tizzy after ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the team wouldn't use its franchise tag on quarterback Sam Bradford and would, potentially, have some interest in former Eagles and current Rams quarterback Nick Foles. Whoa. Slow down here. Teams are permitted to use their franchise tag starting on Tuesday, February 16 and ending on March 1 at 4 PM. We'll see which way the Eagles go here. I don't have a feel for what happens with Bradford. The Foles part of the report is out of left field. I guess I would say I'd be shocked if Nick Foles, who is under contract with St. Louis, returns to Philadelphia.
As Eagles' new wide receivers coach, Greg Lewis a good catch - Daily News
As an NFL receiver, Lewis had his moments, including an ESPY-award-winning, back-of-the-end-zone catch from Brett Favre as a Minnesota Viking in 2009. But Lewis never established himself as long-term starter and was out of the league by 2011. So far, his coaching career has produced a much more impressive trajectory. In four seasons since interning with the Eagles during their 2012 training camp, Lewis, who turns 36 on Friday, held four jobs before this one, going from the University of San Diego to San Jose State to Pitt to the New Orleans Saints last year, as an assistant to wideouts coach John Morton. Now he's in charge of an NFL position grouping, at a position where the Eagles struggled in 2015. Though all of Chip Kelly's assistants remained under contract, and seven were retained, the organization allowed receivers coach Bob Bicknell to accompany Kelly to San Francisco.
Eagles Stay or Go Part 3: Bryan Braman to Brent Celek - CSN Philly
I'm on record as saying I'd like to see Bunche get a look at one of the guard spots. Just from talking to the guys on defense, they don’t like blocking him. And the other offensive linemen believe the former undrafted free agent has a chance to be a productive starter. Who knows how the O-line will line up next year, but I know the depth has to be better, and I’m going to go out on a limb and put Bunche on my 53-man roster for 2016.
Top 10 cornerbacks about to hit free agency - PFF
Just a few seasons ago in 2013, Boykin was among our highest-graded cornerbacks in coverage. After being traded to Pittsburgh for a late-round draft pick prior to the start of this season, he hardly saw the field for much of the season. The Steelers finally gave him more playing in Week 13, and he played well. He had one interception, two pass defenses, and allowed a passer rating of 65.0 over the final five weeks of the regular season.
Cam Newton defends himself: 'You show me a good loser and I'll show you a loser' - SB Nation
He probably didn't silence his critics, but Newton finally opened up after the Super Bowl loss.
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